Beyond Words



Responding to the power and impact of famous, emotive speeches, Sykes attempts to disrupt linear time and re-imagine these influential speeches as visual experiences. The process starts with the appropriation of recordings of Winston Churchill, Hillary Clinton, Adolf Hitler, John F Kennedy and Martin Luther King. Using a precious metal called Gallium, which transforms from a solid to a liquid state at approximately human body temperature, Sykes takes multiple images of this liquid metal as it reacts with the sound waves of various speeches generated by a conventional loudspeaker. The resulting photographs are then sequenced, mapped and processed using high resolution 3D modelling software – a technique known as ‘photogrammetry’ – in order to produce images that condense and encapsulate entire orations into a singular visual landscape. With the increasing use of data visualisation and digital imaging this pseudoscientific investigation attempts to challenge the boundaries of what photography can be.

John F Kennedy: We Choose To Go To The Moon, September 12th, 1962, Rice Football stadium, Houston, Texas.

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Winston Churchill: We Shall Fight Them On The Beaches, June 4th, 1940, London, UK.

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Martin Luther King Jr: I Have A Dream, August 28th, 1963, March on Washington, Washington DC, USA.

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Adolf Hitler: First Speech As Chancellor Of Germany, February 10th 1933, Berlin.

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First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton: Human Rights Are Women’s Rights, September 5th, 1995, Beijing, China.

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